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Attorney General, Department of Environmental Protection file another round of environmental justice lawsuits

Just last week, Attorney General Grewal and DEP Commissioner LaTourette announced a new slew of environmental justice lawsuits filed with regard to nine different properties across the state. Seven of the nine lawsuits are intended to address pollution in “overburdened communities,” including Secaucus, Edison, and Egg Harbor City. The complaints allege numerous environmental claims, including Read More

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EPA to establish new federal PFAS regulations

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently collecting data and public comment concerning proposed changes to the regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly known as PFAS. PFAS are used in a multitude of different consumer products across numerous different industries, from clothing and furniture to the insulation of electrical wire. These chemicals are Read More

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New Jersey pushes back against pipeline company in US Supreme Court

The State of New Jersey is currently battling PennEast Pipeline Co. in the Supreme Court in attempt to block the construction of a new pipeline. PennEast obtained the necessary Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) approvals to construct its planned 120-mile pipeline spanning from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. Pursuant to the Natural Gas Act, these approvals Read More

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Stormwater drainage in New Jersey causes increasing issues between neighbors across the state

New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the country. As development continues across the state, flooding disputes between residential neighbors are becoming increasingly common. Generally, a residential property owner is not responsible for the natural stormwater drainage pattern. This means that if your property sits at a lower elevation than your neighbor’s, your Read More

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Contentious zoning board application heads to the final stage for approval

The Robbinsville Zoning Board of Adjustment is likely to approve an application for the construction of new warehouse that community members are less than thrilled about. Alleging environmental concerns as well as fears of traffic increases, activists and residents alike have not been shy in expressing their concerns to the Board, with around 80 interested Read More

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Climate Stewardship Act seeks to empower agriculture workers to transition to more sustainable practices

Just last week, NJ’s Senator Cory Booker along with Representative Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) re-introduced the Climate Stewardship Act. Originally introduced in 2019 by Senator Booker and then-Representative, now-Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland, this legislation seeks to invest heavily in the agriculture sector and empower the workers within it to become part of the solution to Read More

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Shoreline water quality testing results have NJ environmentalists calling for action

As summer approaches, New Jerseyans are surely starting to make their way to the shore. Each year from mid-May to mid-September, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) oversees the Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program (CCMP) through which local health departments conduct weekly testing along the entire coastline to make sure the water quality safe Read More

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Changes to Phase I Environmental Site Assessment standards may change federal environmental due diligence requirements.

At both the state and federal levels, purchasers of commercial property are required to perform certain environmental investigations in order to shield themselves from liability for contamination found after the purchase. This process is known as “environmental due diligence.” Under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, commonly known as “CERCLA,” the industry Read More

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Newark Superfund site one step closer to full remediation

Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded the public comment period on its proposed cleanup plan for a Superfund site along the Passaic River in Newark. The EPA’s Superfund program exists to provide funding and support for the remediation of some of the nation’s most contaminated properties. The Riverside Industrial Park Superfund site Read More

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NJDEP’s environmental justice initiative targets polluters in minority and low-income areas

In August of 2020, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) filed 12 new enforcement actions in one day against specific defendant polluters as part of an environmental justice initiative. The polluters exclusively targeted were those whose actions have threatened the health and safety of residents in minority and lower income communities. Some of the Read More

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    Naples Daily News, September 16, 2015

    Wells Fargo filed a lawsuit Sept. 8 against an affiliate of CBL & Associates, the owners of the decadeold, 1.2 million-square-foot mall in south Fort Myers for a $190.9 million unpaid loan. The center has 94 stores on 204 acres, with such anchors as Super Target, Belk, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Marshalls and Costco...

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  • Town liable for private company's leaking underground tanks, court rules Jul 26, 2017

    CRANFORD -- A couple that owned a businesses in town and became sick from leaking underground tanks owned by an adjacent business can sue the township for damages because the tanks were partially ...

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  • Dark Waters: How a Class Action Catapulted NJ to Forefront of 'Forever Chemicals' Battle

    NJ Law Journal Jan 09, 2020

    As property owners become increasingly aware of PFAS contamination, and as individuals exposed to PFAS learn of the health risks associated with exposure, liability will likely affect entire supply chains.

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